1 Corinthians 9:15-27 But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting...
think about it.
Why has Paul set aside his rights to payment or praise (9:15-17)? What is his reward for his stewardship (9:17-18)? How far was he willing to go to serve (9:19-23)? What are the keys to running the race to win (9:24-27)? Would you say your service today is done for what you can get now or for eternal rewards?
Paul is talking about how sharing and spreading the Good News, the Gospel (that Jesus died for our sins and rose again), is the most important responsibility he's been entrusted with. He uses the example of running a race with a prize of eternal rewards to help us understand just how important this is. Now sharing the Gospel might seem challenging, maybe even a little scary for some of us. So thankfully Paul shows us what he did to reach many, many people--he used the common ground approach. In other words, when he was with the Jews, he became as the Jews, when with the Gentiles, he became as the Gentiles, when he was with the weak, he became weak. He approached people where they were at, but (and this is an important but) he made sure not to be outside the law of God, but obeying the law of Christ as he did this (vs. 21).
So do you have any stories about how you've used this "common ground approach" to share the Gospel? We'd love to hear them. Who might you use this approach with going forward?Tami W.
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